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The Empire of Fear

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  300 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
"Terrific vampire fiction."
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Since the sixteentj century, England has been a land ruled by the Undead. Vampires rule with terror and the darkly-seductive promise of life eternal for the lucky few. Edmund Cordery, member of the cabal pledged to penetrate the mysteries of the vampires and destroy them, strike the first blow. But it will fall to his son. Noell
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 7th 1991 by Pan Books (first published October 17th 1988)
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Jonathan
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not (likely) your teenage daughter's vampire novel--thankfully! The story delves into an alternate history involving the protagonist's escape from 17th century vampire run Britain, and an adventure into the heart of Africa. I was actually maybe twelve when I read this for the first time,(I've read it several times since), but it's definitely geared towards a more adult audience. Though the pace can be a bit slow at times, there's plenty of sex and violence to keep one's attention. For th ...more
Angela
Epic vampire novel in the alternate history subgenre begins in 17th-century London. The world is ruled by a powerful aristocracy of vampires. Edmund Cordery, courtier to Richard the Lionheart (yes, THAT Richard, and he's a vampire), believes that the secret process whereby vampires are made from common men must have a natural explanation. His microscope proves his undoing, but not before he entrusts his secrets to his son Noell, who becomes a fugitive to preserve both the knowledge and his own l ...more
Cathy
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting alternate history where Attila's army brings vampirism to Europe and by the 17th century the ruling aristocracy is near invulnerable to pain and death. (Makes it easier to argue the divine right of kings ...) It's a good adventure with pirate voyages, expeditions into Africa, early scientific method and a sympathetic protagonist. It's also the most philosophical vampire novel you will ever read.
Tasula
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this years ago and still remember much of it- VERY good book, but forewarned, it's quite brutal.
Jose Solis
Una novela muy buena del género de vampiros.
Londres, 1620. Cientos de años atrás, el vampiro Atila conquistó el imperio Romano. Desde entonces, Europa está bajo el dominio de príncipes vampiro (Carlomagno, Vlad Tepes, Ricardo Corazón de León, el papa Borgia), quienes mantienen el poder gracias a su inmortalidad y a que conservan celosamente guardado el secreto del vampirismo. Gracias a ese secreto mantienen bajo control a la aristocracia y la gente común, quienes los sirven con la esperanza de
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Eric
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Toolshed
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really tempted to give it full 5 stars, and for a long while I thought that I'm going to. Such a brilliant novel. Thoughtful, almost philosophical book which posits many hard questions about human condition and the meaning of life, oh and did I mention that it's an alternative-history vampire novel? The style was really quite ornamental, dense and, which I found very good and actually appealing, it was much more oriented on the narrative than dialogue. I thoroughly enjoyed the world-buildi ...more
Alexandra Rolo
Acabei por ter uma relação de amor-ódio com este livro durante as três semanas que demorei a ler as suas páginas. Por um lado a ideia da história é diferente daquilo a que estamos habituados, por outro a escrita do autor é, em muitos pontos, extremamente pesada e aborrecida.

Num mundo governado por vampiros, Edmund Cordery é um homem de ciência decidido a descobrir como se poderia destruir estas criaturas. No entanto as suas pesquisas com o microscópio acabam interrompidas e deixadas nas mãos do
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Michaela
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Po skúške som si otvorila túto krásku. ;) Román hovorí o období vlády Richarda Levieho Srdce, cca rok 1623. (Žije veru dlho, nielen on, ale aj Attilla, Vlad Dragulya a iní...) Veru, vládcami sú prevažne upíri. Áno, čítate správne, práve medzi šľachtou sa nacházajú tí, ktorí pijú krv svojim poddaným. A nielen obrazne.
No aj medzi obyčajnými ľuďmi, fascinovanými nesmrteľnosťou sa nájdu takí, čo sa chcú takýchto vládcov zbaviť. Nie každý chce byť ako oni. Neillov otec, mechanik Edmund Cordery sa po
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Tita
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2015, _d_
Há muito que tinha este livro na estante à espera de uma oportunidade para ser lido. Sabia que tinha vampiros e nada mais.
Temos uma sociedade idêntica à nossa, mas onde os vampiros estão inseridos e onde controlam a sociedade.
Nesta sociedade, Edmund Cordery é um homem da ciência, que pretende descobrir como pode terminar com os vampiros e com o seu poder. Mas quando se interrompidas as suas pesquisas, transmite os seus conhecimentos ao seu filho Noel, que acaba por ter que fugir e se esconder.
A
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